by Ernest Easley

The Unsaved Baptized Believer
Series: Back To The Basics
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 8.9-25
May 4, 2008

Did you know that it is possible to be an unsaved baptized believer? That you can believe right without being right! In fact .. we're going to meet a man today that was an unsaved baptized believer and part of the church in Samaria and his name was Simon.
Take God's Word and join me in Acts 8 where we are learning these days what it takes to get back to the basics of being a Christian and a part of the Church. What does being a Christian look like at work .. at school ... at home.
And what about being the Church? Remember .. the Church is not buildings, it's people. People whose lives have been transformed by God! People whose sins have been forgiven. People who worship the God who loves them and has put purpose in their life.
You don't have to beg, plead and prod people to be in Bible Study and Worship whose lives have been touched and transformed by God! And if the book of Acts teaches us anything ... it teaches us that it is time for the Christians living in the 21st century to get back to the basics of what it means to be a Christian and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now keep in mind this simple outline of Acts. Chapters 1-7 .. the church was taking the gospel to those living in Jerusalem. Chapters 8-12 .. they were taking the gospel to those living in Judea and Samaria. And then .. chapter 13-28 .. to the ends of the world as they followed the plan that Jesus gave them.
Now in Acts 8 ... God used persecution to drive the church out of Jerusalem and into Samaria. Deacon Philip headed to the Samaritans .. those hated and despised religious and racial half-breeds to share Jesus! Put it down: you are never more like Jesus than when you reach out to those the least like you! And we read in Acts 8.8 that "there was great joy in that city."
Now do you see the first word in verse 9? "BUT!" Circle it! It's a tip off that ...

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